Saturday 19 April 2014

Programmes & Projects
Programmes and Projects
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Njaa Marufuku Kenya
The Njaa Marufuku Kenya (NMK) programme was started in 2005 by Agriculture Sector Ministries with support from FAO and the MDG center, to provide an overall strategic framework for a 10-year action plan for hunger eradication in Kenya. It was formulated to fast track the fulfillment of MDG 1 – reduce by half the number of extremely poor and hungry people in the country by the year 2015. The Ministry of Agriculture is the focal point in NMK implementation.
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Promotion of Private Sector Development in Agriculture
Promotion of Private Sector Development in Agriculture (PSDA) is a bilateral technical assistance programme jointly implemented by the German Agency for Technical Cooperation (GTZ) on behalf of the Government of Germany and the Ministry of Agriculture on behalf of the Government of Kenya. PSDA closely collaborates with other agricultural sector Ministries, mainly the Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries Development and Marketing. The programme started in October 2003 and is expected to run for 12 years. As from January 2008, the programme will move into its third phase following a programme progress review that was done early 2007. The new phase is expected to run until 2010.  
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National Agriculture and Livestock Extension Programme
The project purpose is stated as: A Pluralistic, efficient, effective and demand driven extension service promoted and functional.
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Central Kenya Dry Areas Smallholder and Community Services development Project
At end-2007, about 30,441 beneficiaries (97 per cent of the appraisal target) had benefited from agricultural extension services provided by the project. These included supporting commercial honey production; introducing stronger breeds of dairy goats, sheep, and poultry to diversify household livelihoods and incomes; and promoting soil conservation and environmental protection initiatives.
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Community Agricultural Development in Semi-Arid Lands
Degradation of the natural resource base, coupled with high rates of population growth and food insecurity, is a major development problem in the Arid and Semi-Arid areas of sub-Saharan Africa.

The majority of the poor and food insecure are concentrated in rural areas, where their livelihoods depend on smallholder agriculture, rural labor markets, and livestock production.
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Southern Nyanza Community Development Project
The project area covers six districts – Homa Bay, Kuria, Migori, Nyamira, Rachuonyo and Suba – that are among the poorest districts in the relatively high-potential agricultural area of southern Nyanza, on Lake Victoria. Communities in these districts have strong sociocultural traditions and norms; poverty levels are high; institutional and policy infrastructure is weak; and the HIV/AIDS rate is higher than the national average.
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Western Kenya Integrated Ecosystems Management Project

The principal objective of the Western Kenya Integrated Ecosystem Management Project is to improve the productivity and sustainability of land use system in selected watersheds in the Nzoia, Yala and Nyando river basins through adoption of an integrated ecosystem management approach.
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Kenya Arid and Semi-Arid Research programme 

The Kenya Arid and Semi-Arid Research programme (KASAL) will be implemented by the Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI) over the next five years (2006-2010) that was launched on 18th September 2006. KASAL is financed jointly by the Government of Kenya and the European Union.
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Kenya Agricultural Productivity and Agribusiness Project
Kenya Agricultural Productivity and Agribusiness Project (KAPAP) is phase II of the 12 years Adaptable Program Loan (APL) support by the World Bank, being implemented in 3 phases. The program design hinges on the premise that separate and poorly linked systems of research and extension yield low returns and the design therefore envisages an integrated approach in order to synchronize research, extension and farmer empowerment and other stakeholders’ initiatives.

Smallholder Horticulture Marketing Programme

The Government of Kenya and the International Fund for Agriculture (IFAD) signed a programme financing agreement to support the implementation of Small Holder horticulture Marketing programme (SHOMAP) on July 10, 2007.

The programme is financed by an IFAD loan of USD 23.43Million over a seven year implementation period. The rest of the programme’s costs were to be met by the Kenya Government and projects beneficiaries.

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Smallholder Horticulture Empowerment and Promotion Unit Project

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The Smallholder Horticulture Empowerment and Promotion Unit Project/SHEP UP (hereinafter referred to as “the Project”) is a five year (2010–2015) bilateral cooperation project between the Governments of Kenya and Japan. It is implemented jointly by Ministry of Agriculture, Horticultural Crops Development Authority (HCDA) and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). After the tremendous success of the former pilot project, Smallholder Horticulture Empowerment Project (SHEP), demonstrated by the result of 106.8 % (average income increased rate per farmer) increased income of targeted farmers, the Project aims to upscale the SHEP Approach (refer to 2. 7) Approach in below) which was developed by SHEP from 2006 to 2009.

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